Photography is all about light and there is no exception for model photography. Professional model photography puts a lot of emphasis on artificial lighting. There are a large variates of tools available to photographers to add, block, reflect, soften, and shape lights to create the perfect light for the model.

In a pair of nicely written tutorials by Maciej, readers are presented a case study of how to setup the lights to take the photo and how to perform the post processing in Adobe Photoshop to enhance the photo. You can read the tutorials at Tutorials9.

One of our readers, Reinier van Houten of the Netherlands has kindly submitted a Capture NX2 tutorial on how to create a vignette effect in Capture NX2. We did have a similar tutorial already but Reinier’s tutorial uses a different method, which we also used in a Capture NX tutorial titled How to create a soft fade vignette. The tutorial is available as a downloadable PDF file.


Posted in Tips and Techniques, Tutorials on August 8th, 2009. No Comments.


Previously, I wrote a tutorial about a quick and easy landscape enhancement workflow in Nikon Capture NX using a snowy landscape photo as an example. The tutorial demonstrated the use of Black and White Control Points, Color Control Points (CCP), and Selection Brushes. With the release of Nikon Capture NX2, there has been a very important addition to control point tools: the Selection Control Point (SCP). In this tutorial, I will show you a very simple but effective landscape workflow that can save a dull image within minutes. Instead of CCP, I will use SCP to selectively enhance the sky without affecting the rest of the image so there is no more need to use Selection Brush to remove the effect from unwanted area. Read More…

Posted in Tips and Techniques, Tutorials on May 27th, 2009. 5 Comments.

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Typically we want to avoid lens vignette (light fall off at the corners of the photo) caused by lens itself or stacking too many filters on the lens, but sometimes it can add some intrigue to a photo. In this tutorial, I will show you how to add the effect using Nikon Capture NX 2. This technique is similar to the other tutorial I posted here: How To Create a Soft Fade Vignette Effect in Nikon Capture NX but with some twists. Read More…

Posted in Tips and Techniques, Tutorials on February 25th, 2009. 3 Comments.

This is a quick video showing you how to remove unwanted details from portrait. The same technique can be used for other types of photo as well. This earlier post shows you how to remove hot spots (strong reflections) from faces.

Posted in Tips and Techniques, Tutorials on February 1st, 2009. No Comments.

Previously I had a post about how to create Orton Effect using Nikon Capture NX. Although it was written for version 1.x of Capture NX, the basic steps should work fine for NX2. So I didn’t rewrite it for NX2. I did, since I am having fun making videos, create a quick (less than 2 minutes) video tutorial on how to create the Orton Effect in Capture NX2. For best clarity, please view the HD version. Read More…

Posted in Tutorials on January 14th, 2009. 3 Comments.

This is a video tutorial showing you how to use Capture NX2 to change the gray background of a product photo to pure white. Ideally a good lighting setup and proper exposure should be able to get you the result you want. However in cases the lighting or exposure isn’t perfect, it is relatively easy to fix the gray background so the product stands out of a pure white background. This type of product photo gives a clean modern look. They are quite popular these days.

A few quick tips on how to get good product photos:

  • Use a light tent or large softbox or umbrella close to the subject to get the wrap around lighting for reduced shadow or shadow-less images. Another options is to use bounce panels placed around the setup.
  • If possible, light the background independently of the main subject for better control of the exposure. This allows you to get pure white background while getting proper exposure on the product.
  • The large white background can fool the camera’s light meter. Use manual camera and flash exposure settings to ensure consistent result. Use a flash light meter if you have one, or use exposure bracketing.
  • If possible, shoot tethered so you can inspect the image in details on a computer monitor instead of the tiny LCD on the back of the camera.
  • Make sure the white balance is properly set.
Posted in Tips and Techniques, Tutorials on December 31st, 2008. No Comments.

ImageMagick is a very powerful software suite for manipulating images. Most of the functionalities of ImageMagick are typically utilized from the command line or APIs in various programing languages. The lack of user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) perhaps limits its popularity among photographers. However it is highly recommended for anyone who needs to deal with large number of photos in batch mode. I will show you how easy it is to use ImageMagick to create photo montages (not photo mosaic). Read More…

Posted in Tips and Techniques, Tutorials on December 29th, 2008. 1 Comment.
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